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Senator Cotton criticized for past claim of Army Ranger status

Senator Cotton criticized for past claim of Army Ranger status

A news report has criticized Senator Tom Cotton for past claims to have served as an Army Ranger. He had said that he had served as an infantry officer and an Army Ranger, and had also said he had a four-year infantry stint that included two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cotton, however, was never a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, but merely a graduate of the Army’s Ranger School.

Tom A
Tom A
The Civic Nationalist
The Civic Nationalist 4 weeks

Oh FFS. Ask people in the Regiment what a Ranger is and they'll say it's someone with a Battalion scroll on their right shoulder, ask the larger army and plenty of people will consider a "school house ranger," meaning a paratrooper with a ranger school tab to be "a ranger." Any leadership position in the Regiment requires Ranger school, but serving as a junior enlisted does not, while Ranger school exists as a combat leadership school for the army at large and not just the 75th. If anything a Ranger school tab is roughly equivelant to "special operations capable" while not being evidence of having been in special operations, which is what being in the 75th would be. Seems more like the guy misspoke than anything else, but what do I know, it isn't like I've known guys who were both Ranger school grads who never served in the 75th, and visa versa, and both types just defaulted to the imprecise colloquialism of "ranger" when 3rd parties who wouldn't understand the distinction were around.

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